The reason I ask this is because having owned and played a 6 string for a year now (a Cort Curbow 6), I'm still not nearly as fluent on it as I am on my 5s. My G&L L2500 is effortless to play, while the Curbow 6 requires me to think more when playing, if you know what I mean. I still find myself tripping over certain notes and getting fretbuzz, or reaching for a string with my plucking hand and hitting the wrong string. I've done lots to try to remedy this: I took MusicDojo's class "Mastering Left and Right Hand Technique" which helped immensely, but I'm not yet where I want to be yet. It's just annoying to be able to switch basses and suddenly feel like you have twice the ability. What I'm wondering is if it is even possible to be able to rip up and down the neck on a 6 string the way one can on an equivalent 5 or 4. Certainly, the neck is wider and the entire instrument seems to take more effort to play. The instruments tend to be heavier than their 5 and 4 stringed counterparts as well. In the world of bassists, it certainly seems like many of the most technically competent and skilled players don't go the 6 string route, when they could. Is this inherent difficulty the reason why? Thoughts?